A regular visitor drops by...

Most ferries on the Irish Sea, including the Norbank, are regularly visit by a rescue helicopter of the Irish Coastguard, for an exercise.

Depending on the weather conditions, they just want to follow the ship, hover over the deck, or lower a man on board and hoist him back into the helicopter later.

These pictures were taken on June 20, 2005.

Heli hoveringClose-upOver the sternOver the stern

He's on board!Still hoveringStill hoveringBack on board...